In the Beginning
In September of 1974, Calgary’s premier Ukrainian Dance Company was created - the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. The Ensemble, was named after the Tryzub ('trident' in English, pronounced tre-zoob), the national symbol of a free Ukraine. This ancient emblem has endured within the hearts of all Ukrainians as a symbol of honesty, health, power and protection from evil. The objective of the Ensemble is to preserve and promote Ukrainian dancing and to spread this aspect of Ukrainian-Canadian culture within the multicultural community.
Since 2005, under the Artistic Direction of Mr. Vasyl Kanevets, the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble has performed across Western Canada and in New York, Las Vegas, Mexico, and Turkey. They were privileged to perform for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh during their Alberta Centennial Royal Visit in May 2005. Mr. Kanevets’ original choreography was showcased by the Ensemble in guest performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in their Light Classics Series in March 2006 and in Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances in May 2008.
The Ensemble has previously staged, four full-length productions, Celebration Tryzub, Glorious and Free, Reflections of the Soul, and Awakenings. They have been featured at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games, the 1992 and 2001 Calgary Stampede Grandstand Shows, and the 1993 Canadian Football League Championship Grey Cup game. Tryzub has also performed several times at the Vegreville Pysanka Festival, Vesna Festival, and Canada's National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin, Manitoba.
This summer Tryzub has an action packed schedule highlighted by a return visit to Vegreville’s Pysanka Festival to showcase their vibrant new choreography. In August 2012, Tryzub will light up the skies as a feature artist, performing to an outdoor audience of 25,000 at Calgary’s 10th Anniversary Globalfest Fireworks Finale. To end their summer season, Tryzub takes flight to Panama for a 7 day tour.